United Kingdom — Social networking site Facebook announced this week it has started testing new tools designed to help people survive romantic breakups.
The breakup tools for couples who have decided they are better off apart are currently being tested on mobile devices in the United States.
“Facebook is a place for sharing life’s important moments, which for many people include their romantic relationships. When a relationship ends, we’ve heard from people that they sometimes have questions about the options available to them on Facebook,” Product Manager Kelly Winters announced on the Facebook blog on Thursday.
When mobile users change their relationship status back to single, they will now be prompted to to try the new “Take a Break” option, which will allow the broken-hearted to see fewer updates and photos from their ex without having to unfriend, block, or hide them.
Newly single people will also have the option to limit the photos, videos, and status updates a former partner sees by customizing who can view their previous posts and untagging themselves from statuses and pictures.
If a user opts to “Take a Break,” their ex-partner’s posts will no longer show up in their newsfeeds. Their name won’t be suggested when people write a new message or tag friends in photos.
The social networking site, which boasts over a billion users, claims the new tools are optional and part of an ongoing effort to develop resources for people who may be going through difficult moments in their lives.
“We hope these tools will help people end relationships on Facebook with greater ease, comfort and sense of control,” Winters said.
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